published Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Riverwalk extension

It is best for local projects to be funded locally. But with the federal government having granted Tennessee $7 million for a variety of projects, Chattanoogans will no doubt be glad that our community is getting nearly $1 million of that to help bring the Riverwalk closer to Lookout Mountain.

The Riverwalk extension eventually would go from Ross's Landing to St. Elmo Avenue, near the mountain.

The extension would entail construction of a 12-foot-wide, lighted path.

Construction is expected to start sometime next spring and to be completed by late 2013, officials said.

It is hoped that $2.3 million will be coming from the Tennessee Department of Transportation in the form of a grant. The county and city would have to provide some matching funds, and the Lyndhurst Foundation has pledged $1 million.

The Riverwalk extension could be an attractive and valuable asset for our community if all the economic pieces fall into place.

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fairmon said...

The money tree is almost bare. Chattanooga and every other city in the country get similar money after the federal government skims their part off to fund their high cost life style. It is no wonder why there is a budget crisis with a federal debt than can never be paid?

It is a "nice to have" but what justifies a TDOT grant? How many of those do they do across the state? Extending the riverwalk is a good thing and if enough local people, which is not likely a majority, want and support it with money other than taxes go for it. But, get your hands out of the tax bucket.

August 20, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
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